Shark dissection to livestream on Facebook

Bronze whaler (Carcharhinus brachyurus).
Bronze whaler (Carcharhinus brachyurus). Photo credit: Daiju Azuma/WikiPedia

People in Tauranga are set to get an extra-close encounter with a scary creature of the deep.

The University of Waikato is doing a public dissection of a 2.54 metre shark - and it'll be live streamed online too.

Masters student Melissa Kellett says it's an interesting opportunity.

"We'll start with the outside looking at things like the fins, the teeth, the skin, the gills. We'll also look at the shark's senses as well, and its brain."

Ms Kellett says they will also look at the shark's stomach to see what it liked to eat.

"I'm expecting to find perhaps some bony fish remains, but who knows. It depends how far digested the stomach's contents are."

The shark was found on the beach on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula last year. It's believed to have died after being caught in a fishing net.

The dissection is being streamed live on Facebook for all to see at 2pm, as long as the weather's good.